Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Angels win gold in Leduc

For the Bonnyville Nouvelle

The Bonnyville Angels U16 baseball team were crowned champions after defeating the Red Deer Rage in the provincial gold medal game.
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Gold is once again pouring into Bonnyville, with another softball team claiming victory at provincial championships on July 1-3.

The Bonnyville Angels U16 softball club won gold in Leduc after calming the Red Deer Rage 12-7.
The win capped off a modest season, where the Angels ranked fifth in the regular season with a record of 3-6-0.

Angels head coach Mike DeAbreu praised his team’s ability to rebound from any hiccups that came up during the tournament.

“Everytime there was adversity from one inning to the next, they responded perfectly,” said DeAbreu. “By either going on a rally and getting five to seven runs or going out there and putting out some shut down defence.”

The Angels started off their flight to gold by diffusing the Edmonton-High Park Hurricanes 10-7. They continued their march to the championship, deposing the Nose Creek Royals 13-0, then went on to beat the Red Deer Rage 20-6. The girls ended the round robin with their one defeat of the tournament in a close 15-13 loss to the Westlock Wild in the round robin.

In the semi-final, the Angels struck down the Barrhead Dodgers 15-11 before winning their gold medal rematch against Red Deer.

The Rage put on a fight. By the end of the third inning, the Angels were down five runs.

“Everyone was really nervous,” commented Angels player Colette DeAbreu. “But we fought through the nerves and hit two home runs.”

DeAbreu praised his team’s rally during that final game.

“We shut them down in the last three innings. We blanked them completely. Until that time it was back and forth, they were up and then we were up. But then our defence came out and completely destroyed them, and our offense got us three to four runs per inning, as they were doing all weekend.”

Sadie Houle of Goodfish pitched a strong tournament and was solid at bat, hitting six home runs in as many games.

“The entire team played fantastic, but Sadie definitely stood out,” commented DeAbreu.

Colette had a catch out in centre field, then quickly turned around and fired it off to second base to score one of a few double plays that weekend for the Angels.

“It was amazing to win the gold. We all really came together well,” expressed Colette. “Last year we lost every single game and then we go from that to this year.”

DeAbreu beamed that watching his team play so well was a fantastic experience for him.

“To see these girls come together and the chemistry they had, they earned every game they won. To watch them was incredible. The pitching was incredible and their spirit was just amazing. Something I haven’t experienced all that much in my coaching.”

Bonnyville player competes in Alberta Summer Games

As if winning the gold medal wasn’t enough, Colette then headed off to join her former rivals on the Alberta Summer Games Zone 7 team in Leduc.

“It’s kind of a weird feeling first coming together, because you recognize people’s faces from the games you’ve played,” observed Colette. “But that’s the really fun part of it, everyone coming together. You forget everything about the season.”

The Zone 7 team played hard, but was eliminated after losing three games in the round robin. They did come out with a consolation final win, defeating Zone 8 with a score of 14-6.

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